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I made the decision to go to Windows 8.1 from Windows 7 and I was looking online for some cheap options and I found this Windows 8.1 Pro with a student discount for only $69.99. I am going to school at a community college and my question is what is the difference between "Windows 8.1" and "Windows 8.1 Pro" and "Windows 8.1 Pro for Students" and why is it cheaper? Am I getting the full Windows 8.1 or is it different for students, will I be missing stuff?

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/cat/Windows/categoryID.62684800
Edited by iPDrop - 11/8/13 at 8:10am
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Differences between base Win8 and Pro are here. The only considerable differences are domain join, which may or may not make connecting to a college network slightly easier depending on how restrictive your college's network is set up, and the ability to jack into someone else's PC with Pro instead of simply being able to have someone else jack into yours.

As for the "For Students" version it should be similar to, say, the old versions of Office where MS offered the Professional version for a discount to students. Should be the full version of Pro but at a discount. MS is going to require some form of proof that you're actually a student, but there shouldn't be any hidden gotchas.

(Let me just say that I don't see the point of upgrading to 8.1 if you already have 7. Yeah, the kernel's slightly improved, but I wouldn't pay $70 just for that when you have to spend additional time and money disabling Smart Search, installing Start8/Classic Shell...)
 
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Yeah man I need to find a cheap alternative compared to local stores. They want anywhere from $160-249 for 8.1 Pro.
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Ask your school's IT department if you can get it thru the college for free....I'm able to at mine.
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If you enter the name of your community college on this page it will tell you whether you can access free versions of software such as Windows 8.1.

https://www.dreamspark.com/Student/Default.aspx?tab=2#TabbedPanels1
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thanks for posting that link. Error when I tried to get win8.1 for free though
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post #7 of 7
Cool! I wasn't aware my school offered the software for students. Thanks for the link.
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